Public Relations Program


USC Public Relations students spend a spring semester at the University of Westminster in London. First established as the Royal Polytechnic Institution in 1838 in central London, the University of Westminster provides students the opportunity to study in the heart of one of the world's truly great cities of commerce, culture, and learning.

The University of Westminster has three sites situated in the West End of London and one in the northwest London borough of Harrow. Each site has a dedicated set of subjects and is a bustling center of learning with its own individual character. The Regent site is the historic center of the University and houses lectures for Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology, Sociology, History, and Political Science) and Languages (including English Language and Literature). The Marylebone Road site is home to the University's Central London Business School, and the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. The Cavendish site is the University's Science campus where subjects include Biosciences, Electronic Engineering, and more. The Harrow site is home to the University's School of Media, Arts and Design, which includes Public Relations.

Public Relations majors will earn a total of 16 units: 8 upper-division journalism elective units (two 4-unit PR courses) and 8 general elective units. Public relations courses will be offered at the Harrow site, and all other courses will be offered at the other three central London campuses. Over 500 courses are offered at the University of Westminster.

Starting with the Spring 2016 program, all students will take three courses (their 1st PR course + two elective courses) for the duration of the entire semester. Once classes end on April 8, 2016, all students will be required to take a special four-unit PR course (created for USC Annenberg) during Westminster's Spring Vacation (the month of April). The final exam period for the three courses will begin after the special four-unit PR course concludes. 

Student Life & Activities
Students will have access to University of Westminster student services and events at all four campuses as well as events for international students, including clubs and societies at the University of Westminster Student Union. With approximately 23,000 students from 132 countries, opportunities to integrate into the local scene are plentiful.  

Students live in self-contained one or two bedroom apartments located in the central London district of Marylebone. Apartments consist of a fully equipped kitchen, shared bedrooms and bathrooms, and a living room.

Admission Requirements
Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and must study abroad in their second semester of Junior year. (Seniors must discuss this option with their academic advisor and International Programs staff.) Students must have completed JOUR 209 (formerly JOUR 202/203), JOUR 250 (formerly JOUR 350) and 351A.

Estimated Costs
For Spring 2016, the ESTIMATED cost of the program is $42,856. This includes tuition, housing, health insurance, round-trip airfare and personal expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc).

Financial aid and tuition remission may be applied.